A sento is a type of Japanese communal bath house where customers pay for entrance. Traditionally these bath houses have been quite utilitarian, with one large room separating the sexes by a tall barrier, and on both sides, usually a minimum of lined up faucets and a single large bath for the already washed bathers to sit in among others. Since the second half of the 20th century, these communal bath houses have been decreasing in numbers as more and more Japanese residences now have baths.

The Naoshima Bath house aka “I Love Yu” was conceived by the artist Shinro Ohtake. The project blurs the distinction between art and practical daily life. Locals pay just 300 yen rather than the standard 500 yen entrance fee to use it. Filled with everything from collages to exotic plants, the ‘I Love Yu’ promises to be an unusual bathing experience.

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